Clare Myers, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas women’s soccer team has had an eventful week, with a decisive win at home on Thursday and a tough loss on the road on Saturday.
Thursday afternoon, the Crusaders hosted the LeTourneau University Yellow Jackets. The home team cruised to a convincing 9-1 victory against its opponents, who competed with just nine players on the roster.
Despite a fluky goal from the Yellow Jackets in the 31st minute to briefly equalize the game, the Crusaders dominated the first half.
Junior forward Nicole Johnson scored a hat trick, with assists from junior defenders Lindsey Jeo and Kayla Nguyen and sophomore midfielder Nohely Torres.
With a comfortable lead, coach Angelina Pane took the opportunity to give several starters a rest, and the team took the opportunity to rack up goals.
Six different players scored in a 20-minute period of time, including sophomores Rebecca Brunter and Mariah Fairbanks, senior captain Emily Rogers and senior Missi Carpenter.
Cascade Mayer and Mary Alexander represented the freshmen with one goal apiece.
“It started out close,” said Johnson. “But eventually we started putting it in the back of the net, over and over and over again.”
After the ninth tally, in the 66th minute, the Crusaders eased up and played possession until the final buzzer. Despite this, the team still led the Yellow Jackets in shots 40-6.
On Saturday the team took a road trip to Memphis, Tennessee to face Rhodes College.
The match was hard-fought, with the Rhodes Lynx leading the Crusaders in shots 27-13 and the Crusaders leading the Lynx in fouls 9-8.
The game remained scoreless until the 74th minute, when a Lynx midfielder knocked in a rebound to score what would prove to be the game-winner.
“It was disappointing in the end,” Johnson said, “but we’re making adjustments and are confident going forward.”
The Crusaders play again tonight at the University of Texas-Tyler.
Their next conference match is at home on Friday at 3 p.m. against Centenary College of Louisiana.